Attacking Toy Story Mania (Jan 2013 Trip Report part 5)

We woke up bright and early the next day, ready to hit TDS. Before this trip, I’ve read on a lot of forums that the line for Toy Story Mania in TDS is just ridiculous. For this trip to TDS, we changed our M.O. We usually enter the park and take a leisurely stroll to Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, have breakfast and carry on with the rest of our day in a very relaxing manner. During the non-peak days, we could go on all our favorite attractions and catch most of the shows without having to rush. This time, we changed our plan of attack. Prior to this trip, I’ve never been on Toy Story Mania before. It was on the top of my to-do list.

Toy Story Mania with the Kaneko Shahs

Toy Story Mania with the Kaneko Shahs

Family picture

Family picture

The plan was for my wife to meet me in the standby line of Toy Story Mania. I would run, go get Fastpasses and wait for my wife in standby. This would allow us to get on the attraction twice and maybe sneak in a third. Sounds simple enough right?

So, here’s what happened. As soon as the Disneysea’s gates opened, I dashed to Toy Story Mania’s Fastpass line. When I got there, I had to be in line for about 10 minutes to get our Fastpasses. Thankfully, my wife was already in the standby line when I was done with getting our Fastpasses. When my wife got in the standby line, it was already a 30 minutes wait. If she had waited for me to get the Fastpasses before getting in line, we would have to be in the standby line for an hour. That just blew my mind. A difference of 10 minutes would extend our wait time by 30 minutes. That’s not all. After our first time riding Toy Story Mania, we thought we’d sneak in a second ride before using our Fastpasses for the third. That was impossible. When we were done with our first ride, the standby line became a 200 minutes wait!!! CRAZY!!!

Line in the show building

Line in the show building

This attraction is always packed in TDS. If Toy Story Mania is on your to-do list when you visit TDS, attack it first thing in the morning. Do what I did. Get your Fastpass and then get into standby. During the later part of the day, this line will be at least 2 hours long. If you are in the park with a party of people, send the Usain Bolt of your crew to go get Fastpasses and the rest of you can get into standby.

Taking Mahina on her 1st attraction in TDS, TWICE!!!

Taking Mahina on her 1st attraction in TDS, TWICE!!!

Ride vehicles

Ride vehicles

In my opinion, Toy Story Mania is a stellar attraction. I would take it over and over again if the line didn’t grow that fast. Attack this one first thing in the morning. Breakfast, toilet, getting a soda and everything else can wait. You do not want to be lining up for this attraction anytime else. First thing in the morning is the ONLY time to attack Toy Story Mania.